Hair loss affects people from all walks of life. It does not choose any race, gender or age. Different people experience it for different reasons. Some due to hormone fluctuations and genetics while others due to medical conditions and as one of the side effects of chemotherapy. It affects your physical appearance as well as your self-confidence.
I had never had any issues with my hair before having my first child. As I mentioned here, I am not really attached to length when it comes to my hair. I have had short, long, braided, relaxed, natural and coloured hair. When I experienced hair loss post-partum though I realized that the only thing that I really cared about was actually having hair. On my scalp. Everywhere. No bald spots. Who wants bald spots? Nobody. Not me.
When I gave birth to my son I had braids on. When he turned 4 months old my husband took a picture of me and when I looked at it I was in choc…I hadn’t realized that I had two bald spots on both sides of my hairline…it looked like I had lost my edges and my hairline was basically receding.
I freaked out. Took off my braids. Bought a (very cute) short wig, and started investigating ways to get my hair to grow back.
Hair is an important part of how we look and our physical appearance. While hair loss can be difficult and embarrassing, it can be treated. There are ways for women to deal with hair loss without having to resort to surgical procedures. Here are some products I tried and some interesting alternatives I have discovered.
Bald spots and occasional hair loss
Ducray Creastim Lotion
The first product I tried is the Ducray Creastim Lotion. My hair loss was due to hormonal changes after having my son and this product targeted this cause precisely.
This lotion is meant to be sprayed on a dry scalp 3 times a week. This is the only product I used when I experienced hair loss and I believe it worked for me. My hair grew back almost fully within 6 months. I wouldn’t say my edges are as full as they were before I had my son but I believe that Creastim (and time) helped my hair get back to 80-90% of its original fullness.
Creastim retails for 70.99$…it’s not cheap. But worth it. You will get two 30 ml spray bottle that will be enough for your whole treatment.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Most black women in the “healthy hair” community know about this fantastic oil. Black castor oil increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying nutrients directly to hair follicles and prevents hair breakage. It is 100% natural, widely available and quite inexpensive.
Loss of volume and overall thinness
Here are some ideas to deal with loss of volume and overall thinning of your hair.
Coloring your hair can help cover up your hair loss. It can also lead to fuller and thicker looking hair. When working on the scalp area, use a slightly darker shade and then use one shade lighter for the remaining hair. Doing so will help your hair appear fuller and thicker. This also helps hide areas on your scalp that have thinning hair. If you choose to go for this option, it would be best to have it done by a professional so that the color would appear natural.
Add body and volume to your hair
Your haircut and your hairstyle have key roles to play in covering up bald spots and thinning hair. Adding more body to your hair, regardless of whether you have long or short hair, will do the trick. The best way to do this is by cutting layers. You can choose whatever hairstyle you want as long as it involves layers. This is because the layering will hide the thinning and make you look like you have a lot more hair. Volume is also just as important. Go for a full and bouncy hair styles other than those that simply lie flat against your head. This can be done through the use of hair rollers, hair mousse or a round brush. You can also do this simple trick: part your hair in the other direction instead of in the same direction. This way, your hair stands away from your scalp and will instantly add volume.
Permanent hair loss (alopecia etc)
I stumbled on this video on Facebook and thought it was a genius ideas.
This nonsurgical hair treatment is usually intended for those who are suffering from severe hair loss and would like to have the look of someone with a full head of hair who just decided to shave or to fill in balding or thinning spots. You can find a team of practitioners at Hairline Ink with Mike Muszynski in Chicago. I am pretty sure other locations will open up around North America soon. It’s a great solution for men but women have been undergoing this type of treatment as well and it looks great
This is a more extreme procedure but it obviously can be worth it if you have a receding hairline and no revivable hair follicles. I follow a very talented actress and makeup artist on Youtube, Destiny Godley. She had a hair transplant and her results are amazing. Learn more about her experience here.
Interestingly enough, scalp micropigmentation is also recommended for hair transplant patients to cover up their scars. Read more here.